St. Patrick’s Day is coming up.  It is a really fun holiday for some people.  It is mostly an Irish holiday, but it is celebrated here in America too.  In Ireland it is more of a religious holiday, a day for spiritual renewal.  It is in honor of St. Patrick who helped bring the Catholic religion to Ireland and supposedly chased away all of the snakes and serpents that were worshipped in some pagan religions.  In Ireland, most businesses are closed on St. Patrick’s Day. In America it is often just used as an excuse to go out and drink green beer.  Some people have big parties while others just have small celebrations, and others just wear green and gold.  I think a lot of people do not even know what it is about or why they celebrate it at all. A lot of people relate it to leprechauns.  To some people it is all about luck.  Four leaf clovers, horseshoes, coins, rainbows with pots of gold; these are all lucky charms.  No, not the cereal, but the kind that people carry around for luck.  Some people have different things that are lucky, whatever they think brings them luck. It could be a bracelet, or a necklace, or even a lucky pair of underwear. So maybe St. Patrick’s Day is all about the luck of the Irish. The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland because St. Patrick referred to it when talking about the Holy Trinity. March 17 is thought to be the day that St. Patrick died and that is why we celebrate it on that day. I think that most people just like to have fun on this holiday. Eat Irish foods like corned beef and potatoes, maybe go to an Irish festival, or go to the bar with some friends. I usually just dress up in green and go about my normal routine. My family has never really celebrated it before. It is usually just a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” and that is it. I do like St. Patrick’s Day though. I have never been to the big parade in Syracuse, usually because it tends to be freezing/raining/snowing on the day of the parade (which is not really very lucky). It is interesting to think about how St. Patrick’s Day started out and what it was intended for, compared to how it is celebrated today. I guess one could say that about all the holidays though. Certainly Christmas and Easter and even Halloween are much different today than when they first originated.

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